Mama bear? National Zoo artificially inseminates giant panda

(Photo: Smithsonian’s National Zoo / Reuters)

The National Zoo announced Saturday that a team of scientists and veterinarians had artificially inseminated the Zoo’s female giant panda after natural breeding failed to occur.

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A day-in-the-life of Congress

As negotiations over our nation’s debt stutter, stall, and start up again, follow NBC’s cameras and crews as they swarm the Capitol complex to capture a legislative day unfolding. The lenses will follow the relationships and conversations behind the headlines as NBC’s Brian Williams interviews key lawmakers — House and Senate leaders from both parties — and the staffers out of the spotlight who keep the institution running. The program airs Sunday, July 31 at 7 p.m. ET.

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